poor

Poor describes having little of something. If you lack needed food and shelter, you're poor, and if you fall below a standard or don't even try, you're giving a poor performance. Empty pockets and empty efforts both mean poor.

Rich or wealthy often serve as opposites of poor. If you have material things, you're rich, and if you don't, you're poor. You can be full of knowledge but get poor grades if you're not studying, or you might be poor in terms of money but rich in friends and kindness. Poor can also be used as a noun, as in "Charity is aimed at helping the poor."

Primary Meanings of poor

1.
adjn
having little money or few possessions
people without possessions or wealth (considered as a group)
2.
adj
deserving or inciting pity
Full Definitions of poor
1

adj having little money or few possessions

“deplored the gap between rich and poor countries”
“the proverbial poor artist living in a garret”
Synonyms:
underprivileged
lacking the rights and advantages of other members of society
broke, bust, skint, stone-broke, stony-broke
lacking funds
destitute, impoverished, indigent, necessitous, needy, poverty-stricken
poor enough to need help from others
hard up, impecunious, in straitened circumstances, penniless, penurious, pinched
not having enough money to pay for necessities
moneyless
having no money
unprovided for
without income or means
Antonyms:
rich
possessing material wealth
abundant
present in great quantity
privileged
blessed with privileges
affluent, flush, loaded, moneyed, wealthy
having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value
comfortable, easy, prosperous, well-fixed, well-heeled, well-off, well-situated, well-to-do
in fortunate circumstances financially; moderately rich
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adj characterized by or indicating poverty

“the country had a poor economy”
“they lived in the poor section of town”
Synonyms:
beggarly, mean
marked by poverty befitting a beggar
slummy
(of housing or residential areas) indicative of poverty
Antonyms:
rich
suggestive of or characterized by great expense
deluxe, gilded, grand, luxurious, opulent, princely, sumptuous
rich and superior in quality
lavish, lucullan, lush, plush, plushy
characterized by extravagance and profusion
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adj lacking in specific resources, qualities or substances

“a poor land”
“the area was poor in timber and coal”
“food poor in nutritive value”
Synonyms:
resourceless
lacking or deficient in natural resources
Antonyms:
rich
having an abundant supply of desirable qualities or substances (especially natural resources)

adj not sufficient to meet a need

“a poor salary”
Synonyms:
inadequate, short
deficient, insufficient
of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement

adj unsatisfactory

“a poor light for reading”
poor morale”
“expectations were poor
Synonyms:
bad
having undesirable or negative qualities

n people without possessions or wealth (considered as a group)

“the urban poor need assistance”
Synonyms:
poor people
Antonyms:
rich, rich people
people who have possessions and wealth (considered as a group)
Types:
homeless
poor people who unfortunately do not have a home to live in
needy
needy people collectively
Type of:
people
(plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively
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adj deserving or inciting pity

“Oh, you poor thing”
“his poor distorted limbs”
Synonyms:
hapless, miserable, misfortunate, pathetic, piteous, pitiable, pitiful, wretched
unfortunate
not favored by fortune; marked or accompanied by or resulting in ill fortune

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